I really, really, really want to see this movie. From the mind of Joss Whedon (the director of the upcoming Avengers and maker of some of the greatest TV shows in recent memory including Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and staring the hunky star of Thor, this twist on a horror classic looks both inventive and scary in its own right.
I'll be seeing this bad boy on Friday afternoon and, frankly, can't wait.
Writer/Director Luc Besson is responsible for some of my favorite movies: Leon: The Professional. The Fifth Element. Taken. His over-the-top style is fun and yet still features relatable, entertaining characters. He has a macho, unsubtle style that, frankly, hasn't aged well.
I'm cautiously optimistic about Lockout, however. Starring Guy Pierce (Memento) and Maggie Grace (Taken), this sci-fi flick seems to mash up Escape From New York and The Fifth Element. I'm hopeful, despite some negative early reviews. Sadly, it didn't screen in Milwaukee.
There used to be a saying: You were either a Stooges person or a Marx Bros. fan. You couldn't be both. One was born of physical comedy and glorified lowbrow slapstick while the other featured rhetorical cartwheels.
As a child, I loved the Stooges. Despite being mean-spirited, I loved the physicality of their performances.
I'm not sure when the love affair ended, but I became a much bigger fan of the Marx Brothers as an adult.
And yet I still love slapstick humor. A kick to the junk is one of the funniest things in cinema.
The Farelly Brothers (There's Something About Mary) are big fans of the Stooges and started, a decade ago, to make a more serious movie about the history of the comedy group. Jim Carey was attached, at one point. But as time marched on so too did the plans for the project which became nothing more than a modern Stooges movie. A C-list cast and "celebrity" cameos take the place of anything that might be interesting to modern audiences, this PG update looks quite terrible.
It hasn't previewed anywhere in the country (or in Milwaukee where the studio hates us) so I can't say for certain that it's bad.
But I'm assuming...